La Quinta Activities & Attractions

The Gem of the Desert

Featured Activities & Attractions

farmers market

Certified Farmers’ Market 

This weekly favorite draws visitors from near and far. You’ll find incredibly fresh produce and fruit from local farmers along with cut flowers, herbs, bread and cheese, among other things. Live music and fun for the whole family. Sundays from October – May in Old Town La Quinta. 

78100 Main Street, La Quinta >> Website 

joshua tree national park

Joshua Tree National Park 

Over one million acres of spectacular Mojave and Colorado desert landscape provide dramatic views plus hiking, rock climbing, picnicking and great opportunities for painting and picture taking. 

6554 Park Blvd . Joshua Tree 

760-366-3448 >> Website 

la quinta golf

Golfing at La Quinta Club & PGA West

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST feature five spectacular Resort Courses with challenges and amenities for a range of skill sets. To book tee times or speak with a Reservation Specialist, call 760.564.5729


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College of the Desert Street Fair 

The weekend open-air Street Fair is sponsored by the College’s Alumni Association. Located on the campus, it boasts an arts and crafts courtyard, farmer’s market, clothing, accessories, jewelry, antiques and refreshment booths. 

43-500 Monterey Avenue . Palm Desert 

760-636-7957 >> Website 

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert 

Promoting intellectual curiosity and self expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs, the Museum houses 50 hands-on exhibits including a rope maze, rock climbing and a gravity ball fall. 

71-701 Gerald Ford Drive . Rancho Mirage 

760-321-0602 >> Website 

Desert Hills Premium Outlets 

Gucci. Salvatore Ferragamo. Versace. Giorgio Armani. Escada. Just a few of more than 130 outlet stores featuring an impressive collection of the world’s leading designers and brand names — all offering savings of 25% to 65% every day. 

48400 Seminole Drive . Cabazon 

(951) 849-6641 >> Website 

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 

A Vegas-style casino with big-name entertainment, a variety of cafes and restaurants plus Fantasy Lanes with its 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, arcade and sports lounge for family fun. 

84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio 

800-827-2946 >> Website 

Spotlight 29 Casino 

All your favorite casino games, from slots to tables, restaurants and special events. 

46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella 

(760) 775-5566 >> Website 

Indian Canyons 

Palm, Andreas and Murray canyons have been described as a recreational oasis with indigenous flora and fauna that can be observed along foot and equestrian trails. Visitors can still see bedrock mortars used centuries ago by the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians. 

3 miles south of East Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs 

760.325-3400  >> Website 

Palm Springs Water Park Wet 'n' Wild 

A 21-acre oasis of water adventure park has 18 amazing water rides and attractions including a wave pool and Kahuna’s Beach House, an interactive water playhouse. 

1500 S. Gene Autry Trail . Palm Springs 

760-327-0499  >> Website 

McCallum Theatre 

World-class performances by artists as varied as Chris Botti, Bill Cosby and Amy Grant, along with Broadway blockbusters, entertain in what has been recognized as one of America’s most beautiful and prestigious theaters. 

73000 Fred Waring Drive . Palm Desert 

760-340-ARTS  >> Website 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 

The world’s largest rotating tramcar will provide you with a spectacular 360º view of the valley floor and surrounding area as you travel to the 8,516 feet high Mountain Station and pass through five unique life zones from the Mexican Sonoran Desert to an Alpine wilderness. 

One Tramway Road . Palm Springs 

760-325-1449  >> Website 

Palm Springs Air Museum 

The Museum houses one of the world’s largest collection of flying World War II planes, rare and original combat photography and memorabilia. Programs regularly feature flight demonstrations of historic planes as well as visiting contemporary military aircraft. 

745 Gene Autry Trail . Palm Springs 

760-778-6262  >>  Website 

Palm Springs Art Museum 

View at your leisure or enjoy a docent-guided tour highlighting the Museum’s permanent and special exhibitions. Permanent displays include 20th century art from modernists to the contemporary as well as selections from the William Holden Collection. 

101 Museum Drive . Palm Springs 

760-325-7186  >> Website 

Tahquitz Canyon 

One of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive places of the Agua Caliente Reservation, it is home to a spectacular 60-foot waterfall, rock art, native wildlife and plants. Ranger led interpretive hikes are available. 

500 W. Mesquite . Palm Springs 

760-416-7044  >> Website 

The Gardens on El Paseo 

A superb collection of more than 45 upscale shops and fine restaurants in a lush oasis in tune with the natural desert landscape. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, the two-level, open-air complex boasts a convenient self-parking garage. 

Between San Pablo and Larkspur on El Paseo . Palm Desert 

760-862-1990  >> Website 

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 

It is a wonderful world of family fun — home to native and exotic animals, beautiful gardens, scenic trails, Wildlife Wonders animal shows, gift shops and cafés. There is even an African Village WaTuTu. 

47-900 Portola Avenue . Palm Desert 

760-346-5694  >> Website